ECL's work with Biomonitoring
In the late 1980s, ECL scientists measured Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in grazing animals and fish in the vicinity of industrial facilities (metal smelters and wood treatment plants). This pioneering work helped map the extent of contamination and helped support Health Advisories to protect residents. ECL expanded its capabilities to measure additional chemicals in wildlife and human tissues, and has collaborated in numerous epidemiological studies on toxic chemicals.
Biomonitoring data are used to identify chemicals for pollution prevention, regulation or de-regulation.As with the PBDEs, proving adverse effects in humans is not required, nor desired, for actions to be taken to reduce exposures. This "Toxics Early Warning System" is a direct performance indicator for California's environmental protection efforts.
ECL uses biomonitoring to identify chemicals of emerging concern (CEC) in people or wildlife, then look upstream to identify where the chemicals come from and how they move through the environment.Data are used to look at whether levels in people, wildlife, and the environment are increasing or decreasing.
ECL is part of the California Biomonitoring Program, a collaborative effort among DTSC, the Office of Health Hazard Assessment and the California Department of Public Health. ECL is tasked with measuring several targeted classes of POPs (organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, flame retardants, fluorinated chemicals, ingredients in personal care products, etc.), as well as with identifying new, "unknown" chemicals.
DTSC Biomonitoring Symposium 2007
DTSC hosted a free, public, half-day Biomonitoring Symposium on May 17, 2007 in Sacramento.